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RTKal, Fox, Shanique Marie, Equiknoxx & Swing Ting

Jump To The Bar / Rum & Buckfast Riddim

The latest dancehall missile from MCR firm Swing Ting is a bouncy JA-to-UK bashment banger that features a hefty combination of producers and vocalists from both the Equiknoxx & Swing Ting camps. The tune finds each artist at their most playful, riding the sparkly, jiggy riddim impeccably.

"Jump to the Bar" was built and voiced in two days at London Bridge’s Red Bull Studios, late Summer 2017.

Day one involved Gavsborg, Time Cow, Platt & Samrai arriving from various residences of friends and family in the vicinity of the English capital (shout to the Epsom crew). Alway early-birds, Gavs and Cow set to the task on various machines and available gear to construct the rough instrumental, with Platt & Samrai assisting on percussion and programming. Soon lush synths, tough kicks, flanged hats, grimy bass and snappy claps were combining neatly and the backdrop was set.

Day two featured Kingston’s queen of the cool kids club Shanique Marie flying straight into the big smoke to lay down a witty hook in minutes before earning a lie down on the sofa. Original Brum-town don RTKal rolled in from the West-Midlands (driven by Farda Neeko) dropping a one-take freestyle (egged on by an excitable studio gathering including Randy Valentine, Mr Williamz & Specialist Moss) that later became his verse and the pre-chorus. With the clock ticking on the session, the flask was neatly passed to Mancunian stalwart Fox for the final flourish, giving shouts to buckfast tonic wine & organic herbal treats.

Supported by Toddla T (Coldest Record), Jubilee (BBC Radio 1 Residency), Chal Ravens (Top Flight), Max Glazer (Federation Sound Radio) as well as being added to Spotify’s Dancehall Official Playlist.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Unstoppable locally bred, now globally-adored phenomenon Swing Ting deliver a ridiculously potent new dancehall hit, complete with clever riddim from avant dubsters Equiknoxx. Unmissable!

Please form an orderly queue... MCR's Swing Ting follow up the imperative 2017 single "Braver" with their second 7" release. First heard on the Equiknoxx Music Fader mix this dub of "Fly Away" features Gavsborg on the boards dubbing & scrubbing things good and rotten launching dancehall deejay Alozade's vocals into another dimension along with wayward cymbals & wonky hats. Included is the fiery OG vocal version.

It's another essential joint from the label and sure to fly out. You need to move quick on this one crew!

300 copies.
Artwork by Karen Cazabon.


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Matt says: Back in stock!! With militant precision, Swing Ting offer up this incendiary, future-dancehall cut from Equiknoxx and Gavsbourg.

Here it is folks! The eagerly anticipated new EP from local firm Swing Ting arrives just in time for the warmer months ahead. 

"Junction", a six track EP produced entirely by Samrai & Platt, features vocalists from Jamaica, Ireland & the UK and rounds off an excellent 12 months for the label & crew who’ve toured across North America, Mexico and Europe in 2017.

The set kicks off with ST favourite Alexx A-Game (originally voiced at his studio in Kingston in 2016) urging listeners to ‘free up’ their mind and souls and let the ‘good times take control’. It sets the tone for upcoming Jamaican talent Blvk H3ro to step up on the soulful party number "Can’t Wait" (recorded at Equiknoxx’s studios in Vineyard Town in 2016), which has been a staple in Swing Ting sets over the last 18 months.

Slowing the pace is "Addiction", a link up with Irish artist and frequent Murlo collaborator Gemma Dunleavy who lays down an impressive vocal over the skittering drums, muted guitar and glistening keys. The listen is interrupted momentarily for an interlude from Gavsborg whose moving voicemail is accompanied by a poignant piano line from JP aka Without Understanding. One for the clubs - "Turn it Up" features Equiknoxx’s Shanique Marie riding a stripped funky-esque riddim with ease.

Fittingly the set closes with "Contagious" which finds two of Manchester’s finest vocalists - Fox & Tyler Daley searching for an escape from the reality of our turbulent times over a refined yet sparkling production. 

Support from: Murlo, Toddla T, Jamz Supernova, HDD & Equiknoxx across NTS Radio & BBC Radio 1 / 1xtra.

Limited to 200 copies, this is an essential slice of music history, showing Manchester as the joint epicentre for a global-wide scene which spans Kingston, Dublin, London and the cybersphere. Samrai and Platt are two the nicest, most humble and understated guys in our city but their credentials already set them amongst the music business elite. Following some expert A&R, DJ'ing and general brand curation, it's great to see they've also got the skills in the studio. Top one lads, as ever, massive props. 


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Samrai and Platt are two of the nicest, most humble and understated guys in our city but their credentials already set them amongst the music business elite. Following some expert A&R, DJ'ing and general brand curation, it's great to see they've also got the skills in the studio. Top one lads, as ever, massive props.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 12" Info: Limited edition, full picture sleave

Alexx A-Game makes his return to Swing Ting after last year’s ‘A-Game Everyday’ & ‘Gangsters’ with the soulfully poignant ‘Braver’. The 7” is the 1st physical drop on this upcoming Manchester label (which spawns from the institutional and long-running clubnight of the same name), following the well-received "Equiknoxx" & "Madd Again!" releases in 2017. In 2015 Swing Ting’s Samrai & Platt received a tune from Alexx’s manager, "Braver" asking if they’d be able to contribute to the production on the track. Listening to the stems, it became apparent how amazing Alexx’s vocal delivery sounded stripped to just the Rhodes & bassline played by frequent A-Game collaborator & fellow Jamaican Vern Hill. After adding effects and flourishes the crew began playing the "Smooth Edit" on Swing Ting radio shows and at DJ sets around the globe. Requests to release the track followed from revered selectors, followers, and musical peers alike. The bittersweet number seemed to particularly resonate with Manchester-based DJs and crews such as Konny Kon (Children of Zeus / Broke’n’£nglish), Murlo & the Levelz family who’ve championed the tune over the last 12 months.

STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: One more chance to own this certified MCR banger from last year...


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